The sales growth of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH remained above average at around 20 per cent even in 2018. Sales rose particularly strongly with approximately 50 per cent in Asia, but the company also recorded growth of about 20 per cent in the USA and Europe. The company is planning numerous investments for 2019, including at the headquarters in Obersulm.
Jürgen Hartmann, company founder and owner explains: “The investments in new branches are paying off. We now generate more than 50 per cent of our sales abroad.” IDS cameras with USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 interfaces are among the bestsellers. The strong increase in incoming orders (24 per cent) as well as the great interest in announced product innovations continue to cause optimism. Particularly notable: innovations around artificial intelligence as an app for industrial cameras and novelties for 3D applications and robot vision.
In order to prepare for further growth the Obersulm site is planning to invest in a system for automatic storage and order picking. There will also be a strong increase in the number of personnel: approximately 60 new jobs will be created in 2019. The official ground-breaking ceremony for the new innovation and tech centre will take place in the second quarter. This building will have an area of 4500 square metres and 200 additional office work stations. Managing Director Jürgen Hartmann explains: “In addition to classic development, we would like to shift focus more towards new innovative technology topics.”
Since its foundation in 1997 as a two-man company, IDS has developed into an independent, ISO-certified family business with more than 280 employees. The headquarters in Obersulm, Baden-Württemberg, is both a development and production site. With branches in the USA, Japan, South Korea and UK as well as offices in Europe, IDS is represented internationally.
More information about the company can be found at www.ids-imaging.com.